Dr, Raymond Moody and the staff of The University of Heaven are not advocating the use of psychedelics. However, we do think that informed discussion about them is important in our exploration of consciousness and end of life.
A high dose psychedelic experience is death practice.
-- Katherine McLean, psychedelic therapist
Lately, I’ve been reading a new book by the celebrated food guru, Michael Pollan, the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and other well-known books about food and the food industry. But his new book isn’t about food. It’s all about psychedelic drugs, and its subtitle tells you exactly what Pollan is on to in this surprising turn in his professional career: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. Wow, about the only thing he left out is the proverbial kitchen sink.
Well, did you know that there is such a thing as a “new science of psychedelics”? Indeed there is, and if you haven’t noticed, it’s actually been going on for the last two decades. And these days it’s legit, too, with research programs being carried out by distinguished scholars and academics at some of the leading universities in the U.S. as well as in Europe. Pollan’s bestselling book, entitled How to Change Your Mind, is an excellent journalistic account of all this work and what we can all learn from it, regardless of whether we have used psychedelics or not.
TODAY'S QUESTION continues our exploration of the continuity of identity.
In an earlier ASK RAYMOND, you said that after death, we are all "absorbed into the light," what does that mean to you?
Click on the video above to hear the answer.
The Life Review & Being "Absorbed Into the Light"
On Monday, Raymond talked about how during the life review, people report reviewing their lives from the perspective of others, especially those whom they hurt during their lives.
The life review is a process of developing and deepening empathy and appears to be an important part of how we grow as "souls."
In this short response, Raymond describes being "absorbed into the light" as a process of unification that appears to occur after we die as our individual identities dissolve in some ways while at the same time, a core identity does, indeed, remain.
Why does that individuality continue to exist? His answer is a little surprising.
This week's responses from Raymond are relatively short.
If you are left with more questions, please feel free to send them into us at [email protected] and Raymond will get to them as soon as he can.
You can also send questions for Jeffery Olsen and Dr, O'Driscoll to that address, so they can incorporate the answers into their live webinar presentation on December 4. Or you can ask your questions live that night.
Thanks, everyone!- Lisa Smartt
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Do you have a question you would like to ask? My guests, columnists, and I are all glad to answer your questions. This month we are featuring Dr. Melvin Morse who has researched pediatric NDEs and the science of intuition.
Actually, the idea of *never* ceasing to exist, ever, not after a million billion trillion quadrillion quintillion etc etc years, sounds Hellish to me. What's the endgame here? Are we supposed to merge back with the Creator, or...?
Melvin and I decided to answer your question together in this short video. Thank you so much for asking it!
I have a question about the emotional state of people after they die and are in the afterlife. Do those who have passed on, forgive people whom they believe have committed real and/or imagined acts against them?
I’m asking this because I’ve had family members pass away who were always upset with other family for various and sundry slights or actions they believed were committed against them. I want to believe that those family are at peace now, having forgotten or forgiven others. Also, it would give me peace to know they are happy.
Holly Fox Vellekoop, MSN
My impression is that the life review in the experience of the dying is a sort of clearing process where all that gets sorted out and understood at another level. So, in sum, I don’t think people take grudges into the next life as they undergo a life review first.
The life review process changes the...